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James Dyson Award Finalists

The James Dyson Award, which "seeks to single out the best in problem-solving student design," recently announced their regional finalists, selected from over 500 submission entries. The eventual international grand prize winner—announced October 5—will receive more than $15,000, with another $15,000 going to the student’s university department. Allison Arieff, Dwell's former editor-in-chief, and Amelia Amon selected the ten U.S. finalists, which range from inventions that put an end to texting-while-driving to an entire park designed for children with disabilities. The inventors of the U.S. National winner—a wheel that turns a regular bike into a smart, electric hybrid—will get to visit Dyson laboratories in the UK to participate in a workshop run by Dyson engineers.

Here's the US National Winner: the Copenhagen Wheel. Christine Outram and a team of MIT students invented of a wheel that turns a regular bike into a smart, electric hybrid. The Copenhagen Wheel allows riders to capture the energy dissipated when breaking and cycling and use it when they need it, like when they're biking up a hill.

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